Thunderstorm knocks out power to more than 47,000 customers

TORONTO, Aug. 2, 2015 /CNW/ - Thunderstorms that started this afternoon have caused power outages to Hydro One's distribution system across southern and central Ontario. Where safe, Hydro One crews are out assessing damage and starting repairs. 

"We are committed to restoring power as quickly and as safely as possible to our customers and have brought in additional resources to assist with restoration efforts," said Jon Rebick, Vice President, Lines and Forestry, Hydro One Networks. "We appreciate our customers' patience as our crews continue restoring power across Ontario."

At present, there are 47,157 customers without power. Some of the major areas affected are listed below:



Area Affected

Number of Hydro One

Customers Affected

Alliston

4,374

Barrie

4,282

Beachville

2,202

Bolton

2,703

Bowmanville

2,518

Fenelon Falls

1,610

New Market

11,757

Orangeville

1,884

Owen Sound

9,444

Peterborough

1,611

Walkerton

2,221

 

Power will be restored as soon as possible and Hydro One will continue to provide updates on restoration times.

Important Safety Information
Hydro One strongly urges people to take extra precaution near fallen power lines. People are urged to report the location of the fallen wires to Hydro One as soon as possible. Touching a vehicle or a tree that is in contact with a power line can be fatal.

Tracking Power Outages
For outage updates, download Hydro One's free mobile app available on most smartphone and tablet devices. Customers can check the status of power outages anywhere in Hydro One's service area.

Hydro One Inc. is an electricity transmission and distribution company headquartered in Toronto, Ontario with $23.1 billion in assets and 2014 revenues of $6.5 billion. The company delivers electricity safely and reliably to over 1.4 million customers across the province of Ontario, and to large industrial customers and municipal utilities.  Hydro One owns and operates Ontario's 29,000 km high-voltage transmission network and a 188,000 km low-voltage distribution network.  Hydro One is wholly owned by the Province of Ontario.

SOURCE Hydro One Inc.

For further information: contact Hydro One Media Relations 24 hours a day at 1-877-506-7584 (toll-free in Ontario only) or 416-345-6868. Our website is www.HydroOne.com.

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